In very sad news today, the wonderful Maurice Sendak has died due to complications from a recent stroke. Sendak was considered one of the most important children’s book artists of the 20th century.
There will likely be many tributes and stories about Sendak today; you can read some here:
Sendak was best known for Where the Wild Things Are, but In the Night Kitchen was a favorite of mine. It involves a young boy’s strange, dreamy adventures in a surreal kitchen, an airplane made of bread dough and a trio of terrifying cooks. Like all of Sendak’s work it was complicated, dark and inspiring.
Update: My colleague Steven Thrasher remembers Sendak on our news blog, Runnin’ Scared.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 8, 2012